Study in Rotterdam

Get to know the city of Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands. Learn about student life, study associations, student housing, city life and fun things to do in Rotterdam. Also: find out if Rotterdam is affordable for you, where exactly it is located and if you will fit in in the (student) community. 

10 things you should know about Rotterdam

If you don’t know anything about our city, here’s a good place to start:

A city for city-lovers

Think modern and urban, not windmills and canals.

Not too big, not too small

700,000 people; that makes us the biggest city in the Netherlands next to Amsterdam

Easy to get around
International and multi-cultural

Rotterdam is a metropolitan city, a true melting pot with approximately 175 nationalities.

Exotic shops and eateries can be found everywhere.
We’re easy to find – and easy to use as a homebase

You can get to London, Paris, Brussels, or Dusseldorf in less than three hours

You’ll have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t speak English

English is an unofficial second language in the Netherlands, and Rotterdam is no exception

It’s easy to get around by bike, tram, metro, bus, and water taxi

A silver lining of Rotterdam’s history is that the city was redeveloped carefully

Getting around
Sports and culture

Rotterdam is home to three professional voetbal teams and the largest pop-up art scene after Berlin.


Students feel safe on campus and around the city

About safety
Rotterdam’s history

Best vegan places in Rotterdam!

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